The Party Search function allows you to quickly and easily find a party. Using this feature allows you to join a group even if the party leader is far away from you. Here I will break down all the options available to you to help you quickly find the parties that suit your interests! One thought that may help you understand the options better is to think of them as filters. If you leave all the options blank/none, your search won't be filtered and it will display all parties that are looking for players in your rank range.
Name - This option allows you to search for a party by the name of its leader. If you're unsure of the exact spelling of the leader you can enter a partial name. For example, if you are searching for 'Healzsz Zalot' you can type in 'Healzsz Zalot', 'Healz', 'Zalot', or 'lzsz' to help you find the party leader you're searching for.
Purpose - This gives you the option to search for a specific purpose. The current options are: None, Regional Levequest, Local Levequest, and Quest. These options are self explanatory. If you are looking for a Skill Point Party you will select the None option.
Location - From here you can narrow down your search to specific locations. This drop down menu displays all three major cities and all of the major Aetheryte locations, however, it does not display the Aetheryte Gate locations. If you are looking for a Skill Point Party it's probably best to choose None for this option, but if you are looking for Regional or Local Levequests, just pick the location that best suits your rank range.
Target - This option allows you to search for a party based on the rank of one of your classes. When a party is formed, the party leader may set a rank range in which to recruit players from. When this happens you may get different search results for each class you have ranked up. You will only be able to select classes that you have at least equipped a weapon for. In addition, the party leader may be searching for a specific class or discipline. Let's say Healzsz Zalot is searching for Disciples of Magic between the ranks of 15 - 20. You have a Conjurer rank 14. If conjurer is selected as the Target your search results won't display Healzsz Zalot's party, however, you also have THM at rank 17. If you change the Target to THM and select begin search, you will see Healzsz Zalot's party and be able to join. Alternatively, if you have Gladiator at 17 and do the same search, you will not see his party since he is only looking for Disciples of Magic.
Once you've selected all your filters, you can click on the Begin Search button. This will display all the results of your search options and give you some information on each party. The following is an example of what you might see:
Healzsz Zalot Regional Levequest Limsa Lominsa Disciples of Magic 0/5
Rina Rinehart(1) None(2) None(3) Any(4) 3/5(5)
(1)Party Leader (2)Purpose (3)Location (4)Class/Discipline (5)Recruited/Recruiting Amount
In the above example you will see two parties being displayed. The first party was formed by Healzsz Zalot and is looking specifically for 5 Disciples of Magic to do Regional Levequests in Limsa Lominsa. The second party was formed by Rina Rinehart looking for 5 of any class to do anything anywhere and has found 3 players so far.
Clicking on a party will give you all of the information about that party that we've covered so far and also includes the quest the leader is seeking assistance on, the rank range of the party, and most importantly a message from the party leader, hopefully, explaining in detail the purpose of the party and location of the party including coordinates.
From here you can choose to join the party by click on the Join button. By doing so you will automatically join that party. As of now, you won't be able to join the party if that party is currently in battle so you may have to try a couple times or send a tell to the leader.
It's all that simple!
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